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  1. 11 March 2021, Publications

    Max Planck In­sti­tute for the Study of Crime, Se­cur­ity & Law Work­ing Pa­per Series

    We are pleased to announce that the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (Freiburg/Germany) has started a new Law Research Centers Papers series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN): The MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CRIME, SECURITY & LAW WORKING PAPER SERIES edited by Tatjana Hörnle, Ralf Poscher, and Jean-Louis van Gelder, the directors of the Institute.

  2. 10 March 2021, Events

    Polit­ic­al Free Speech or Hate Speech? – Video

    The debate over differences in U.S. and European speech rights is a perennial issue. But, the emergence of private social media platforms – and their dominance – has given the issue a new dimension and a new sense of urgency.

  3. 8 March 2021, Publications

    What if Crime no Longer Ex­is­ted?

    Journalist and book author Christoph Koch posed the following question to criminologist Dietrich Oberwittler: “What would happen if there were no more crime?” Many things in everyday life would be easier and our quality of life would improve, but we would also lose what makes us tick: our freedom of choice. The book „Was wäre, wenn ...“ [“What if ...”] offers food for thought in 33 scenarios and …

  4. 5 March 2021, Publications

    „Triage in der Pandemie“ [“Triage in the Pan­dem­ic”]

    In a pandemic, such as the one caused by Covid-19, it may not be possible to provide intensive care to all those who become seriously ill. This calls for rules that afford legal certainty when unavoidable selection decisions need to be made. The present edited volume serves as a forum for an array of legal positions and analyzes controversial arguments.

  5. 4 March 2021, Research news

    Reg­u­la­tions on Elec­tron­ic Ankle Tags in Line with Ger­man Ba­sic Law

    The statutory provisions on electronic monitoring of dangerous persons (“ankle tag”) are compatible with German Basic Law. This was made clear by the Federal Constitutional Court in its decision of 1 December 2020. This type of monitoring encroaches deeply on the right to informational self-determination and the overall personal rights of the persons concerned. However, since the restrictions ser…

  6. 2 March 2021, People in the news

    Gunda Wöss­ner Joins the European Com­mit­tee for the Pre­ven­tion of Tor­ture and In­hu­man or De­grad­ing Treat­ment or Pun­ish­ment

    Gunda Wössner, senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, has been elected as German member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (2021-2025). Dr. Wössner, who holds a doctorate in psychology, has been conducting research on sexual and violent crime for decades and is a recognized exper…

  7. 16 February 2021, Events

    Col­lab­or­at­ive Dis­hon­esty: A Meta-Study

    Guest lecture by Prof. Shaul Shalvi (Amsterdam School of Economics) | Date, time: April 12, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Venue: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, via Zoom.

  8. 15 February 2021, Publications

    “Vic­tim­iz­a­tion and Its Con­sequences for Well-Be­ing”

    The article “Victimization and Its Consequences for Well-Being” by Heleen Janssen, Dietrich Oberwittler, and Göran Köber has been featured by Springer Nature in the report '2020's Research Highlights' as highly downloaded article in criminology. The Open Access-published article in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology has been accessed more than 6.400 times since it went online in January 2020…

  9. 5 February 2021, In the press

    “Pub­lic Sense of Se­cur­ity Im­proves”

    More than 90% of Baden-Württemberg’s residents would like to see more police officers in their state. This was the result of a recently published survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute on behalf of all daily newspapers in southwestern Germany. In an interview with the newspaper “Badische Zeitung,” criminologist Dietrich Oberwittler describes this as a “snapshot result.” Repeated surveys hav…

  10. 15 December 2020, Research news

    Crimes via Face­book & Co. now “Con­tent-Ori­ented” in­stead of “Me­di­um-Ori­ented” Of­fenses

    The German Bundestag has passed a new law that replaces the term “material” in the German Criminal Code with the term “content.” The change reflects a move to recognize the changing communication and media landscape – particularly the shift away from paper and outdated media carriers to modern communication channels such as social media platforms and live streaming. With the implementation of the…

  11. 10 December 2020, Research news

    “Alert Neigh­bors De­ter Burg­lars”

    Professional burglars quickly notice whether people in a residential area are on the alert or not. A virtual reality (VR) study conducted by criminologists at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law comes to this conclusion.

  12. 9 December 2020, In the press

    “The Op­pos­ite of a Well-Con­ceived Re­form”

    Criminal law experts delivered a scathing rebuke of a draft law to combat sexual violence against children. During a Bundestag hearing held on December 7, 2020, Tatjana Hörnle, director at the Max Planck Institute, commented that the large sections of the draft are “the exact opposite of a systematic, well-conceived reform.” While the draft addresses the outrage regarding these heinous crimes and…

  13. 4 December 2020, People in the news

    Equal Op­por­tun­it­ies and the Bal­an­cing of Fam­ily and Ca­reer

    Maja Werner, Carolin Hillemanns, and Jelena Schulz are the new Gender Equality Officers at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. Their tasks are to promote and foster balanced employment and ensure equal opportunities for both genders. They are committed to helping employees balance career and family life. At the Institute, the Gender Equality Officers are involved in…